The Storm Prediction Center is placing all of eastern Iowa under a slight risk for Saturday. The threat comes from a cold front expected to pass through the state during the “prime time” late afternoon and evening hours.
It appears the primary threat with this expected severe weather event will be another round of damaging wind. Damaging wind events tend to bring a more widespread damage event than a tornadic system, but they also move quickly and exit the area rapidly.
All in all, the weather patterns of this week and the forecasted threat for this weekend indicate that summer is taking hold in Iowa, lowering the threat of tornadoes. Summertime storms tend to lean more towards heavy rain and strong winds.
We will continue to monitor the final set up of this system as Saturday draws closer, but at this point, it appears evident a major wind event will take shape somewhere in the Upper Midwest.